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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • TUHS seniors awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships

  • Hadley Pittman and Tyler Adkins were the big winners

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  • Hadley Pittman and Tyler Adkins were the big winners at the Taft Union High School Honors Night Monday.
    To the applause of an auditorium full of their peers, parents and friends, Pittman and Adkins walked off stage with $20,800 and $10,000, respectively, in college scholarships. Pittman received $12,000 from the Confidence Foundation, originally Whittier Oil. She also received $3,000 from Holmes Western Oil Corp., $2,000 from the Class of 1949, and $1,000 each from the Mathew Brice Dragoo Memorial Scholarship and Carl Roeder Petroleum. Adkins received $2,000 each from San Joaquin Refining and from Holmes Western Oil, $1,500 each from Berry Petroleum and the Class of 1950, and $1,000 from the Shaye Fields Memorial Scholarship.
        Altogether, 90 students received 321 scholarships from 61 donors totaling a whopping $208,650. The Taft College Merit Scholarship was the biggest donor, chipping in $47,400.
        Other big winners were:
        —Caleb Lopez with $6,400, including $2,500 from the Bob Barrett Class of 1958 and $2,000 from Holmes Western Oil.
        —Aaron Kolb with $6,200, including $1,500 from Berry Petroleum and $1,000 each from ExxonMobil Pipeline, MTC/Taft Correctional Institute and Holmes Western Oil.
         —Alec Terrazas with $6,200, including $2,000 from San Joaquin Refining, $1,500 from Berry Petroleum and $1,000 from Holmes Western Oil.
        —Jennifer Hinojosa with $6,050, including $3,000 from Holmes Western Oil and $1,250 from Occidental Petroleum.
        —Nathaniel Bryan with $5,800, including $2,500 from the Bob Barrett Class of 1958 and $2,000 from Holmes Western Oil.
        —Christine Wikoff with $5,700, including $2,000 from Holmes Western Oil and $1,000 each from the Westside Hospital Auxiliary and West Hills Church of the Nazarene.
        —Stephanie Arellano with $5,200, including $2,500 from the Bob Barrett Class of 1958 and $1,000 from the Chevron AVID Scholarship. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, a high school program that provides students with a framework to succeed in college.
        —Andrew Lund with $4,400, including $2,000 from the Class of 1949.
        —Justin Miller with $4,300, including $1,500 from Berry Petroleum, and $1,000 each from Exxon Mobil Pipeline and Holmes Western Oil.
        —Hunter Self with $4,250, including two $1,500 scholarships from Berry Petroleum.
        —Chantelle Dockery with $4,200, including $2,000 from San Joaquin Refining and $1,000 from the Chevron AVID scholarship.
        —Eloisa Garcia with $4,200, including $1,500 from Berry Petroleum and $1,000 each from Holmes Western Oil and from Taft Petroleum.
        —Casey Brockett with $3,150, including $1,500 from Berry Petroleum.
        —Laura Martin with $3,100, including $1,500 from the Class of 1950.
        —Daisy Guitron with $3,050, including $1,500 from Berry Petroleum.
        —Andrew Parker with $3,000, including $2,000 from San Joaquin Refining.
        —Rochelle Rahe with $3,000, including $2,000 from San Joaquin Refining.
        —Stacee Reed with $3,000, including $1,000 each from the Chevron AVID Scholarship and the MTC/Taft Correctional Institution.
     
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